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Saturday, September 17, 2005

AB's Meat Loaf

I am a huge fan of Alton Brown. I have been meaning to make his meatloaf since I seen the episode like 2 years ago.. Well I finally did it. The picture doesn't do it any justice, Hands down the best meatloaf I have ever tasted. Very Spicy...


The Hardware
Loaf Pan

The Software
6 ounces garlic-flavored croutons
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 onion, roughly chopped
1 carrot, peeled and broken
3 whole cloves garlic
1/2 red bell pepper
2 lbs Ground Beef
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 egg
For the glaze:
1/2 cup catsup
1 tablespoon ground cumin
Dash Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp curry paste
1 tablespoon honey

The Application
In a blender, combine croutons, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and thyme. Pulse until the mixture is of a fine texture. Place this mixture into a large bowl. Combine the onion, carrot, garlic, and red pepper in the blender. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped, but not pureed. Combine the vegetable mixture, ground beef with the bread crumb mixture. Season the meat mixture with the kosher salt. Add the egg and combine thoroughly

Pack this mixture into a 10-inch loaf pan to mold the shape of the meatloaf. Onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, turn the meatloaf out of the pan onto the center of the tray. Insert a temperature probe at a 45 degree angle into the top of the meatloaf. Avoid touching the bottom of the tray with the probe. Set the probe for 155 degrees.

Combine the catsup, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, curry paste and honey. Brush the glaze onto the meatloaf after it has been cooking for about 10 minutes.

We're still all about the food, and puppet, and the occasional bad movie rip-off, and food, and strange camera angles, and bad shirts, and food. - Alton Brown

I have a cool t-shirt collection that comes mostly form Value village.. I can afford new shirts.. but I like the funk..


  • At 2:03 PM, Blogger Randi said…

    i looked at that recipe when I was looking for meatloaf recipes for a client. Did you use the croutons? I ended up using Martha Stewarts meatloaf 101. They loved it. Also, regarding that link for the book. I have checked it out of the library and it was a great book. I also like getting thin on fabulous food with chef kathleen daelemans(sp?) She has a lot of great recipes.


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